• Tom Ford, Editor

Interim Mayor Cancels Pay Raise Meeting, Falsely Accuses Hensel & Ford, Censors Comments

Updated: Jan 1


{UPDATE - The interim Mayor deleted this comment from the "official" Borough website. Guess it was a little too on the nose.} On Monday, December 30, without consulting the council, the mayor cancelled the special meeting on the pay raise proposal he endorsed. 


As you will recall, the council majority and the mayor are trying to more than double their own pay.  The mayor ignored several requests for information about the cancellation.


Later he falsely accused Mount Pocono Borough Council Member Matt Hensel and me of inciting an "uprising of residents" and of promoting and propagating "dangerous behavior" over his proposal to more than double the pay of council and himself.


Of course, we did no such thing.


Unless by "uprising" he meant informing residents of what they were planning to do and encouraging them to attend the meeting and exercise their constitutional rights to address the council.  The only behavior we prompted was an the engagement of an informed citizenry.  Apparently, they felt threatened by informed tax payers voicing their opinions.


We've seen this movie before.  Sadly, the mayor and majority of council always elect to employ personal attack over civil debate. And it worked -- that's how they won in November.


For example, last week, when I argued against the real estate tax increase he supported, instead of addressing the facts, he called Matt & I juvenile names and personally attacked my wife (who has never spoken on any issue nor even attended any council meeting, but that's your mayor for you).


There were no threats made to council that justified cancelling tonight's meeting. I have also confirmed that no threats were received by the Borough secretary.  The "excuse" used was reference from last week, by a non-resident, that tax payers would be getting out their pitchforks.  No competent, emotionally stable adult would understand that form of expression as anything other than it was -- a well-worn metaphor for residents expressing disconentent with actions taken by their government officials.


I mean, does anyone actually own pitchforks anymore?


No, what really hap penned is that they chickened out (and by that, to be clear, I do not mean that they transmogrified into poultry).


they tried to sneak in the pay raise -- introducing it at the end of the year, after hte election, as a non-agenda item, then setting the meeting for the holiday week at 6pm instead of hte usual 7.  In short they did everything they could to keep it under the radar.


When they realized that they wouldn't be able to do that, they cowardly cancelled the meeting, rather than face justifiably angry taxpayers.  (By the way Williams and Casole were not planning to be present at the meeting at all -- that's how much they respected the voters.)


Mount Pocono deserves better than this sort of rank political nonsense.


But we just don't have that kind of leadership.  I leave counsel next week, Matt in February.  After that, it is going to be up to YOU to keep paying attention.


I will do what I can to continue to keep you informed through the new newspaper, and Matt has some ideas on how to provide even more direct information to the residents.


But each of you will need to keep your own vigilance to protect the town from their natural bent toward excess and self-rewarding behavior.  


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